The luckiest person on Earth

by Frida Schiess on Quora

Teri Horton, the woman who purchased a painting by Jackson Pollock worth $50 million in a thrift store for 5 dollars.

What seemed to be a worthless canvas filled with scribbles in an unused corner of a thrift shop in California in the early 90s was actually a masterpiece of American painter Jackson Pollock.

She thought the painting was stupid, but wanted to purchase it as a gift to a depressed friend. The store owner wanted $8 for it. Terri refused to pay $8 for that piece of crap, and offered $5 instead. Eager to get rid of that big useless canvas that nobody wanted, the store owner sold it for $5.

Later, she and her art teacher were drinking at her apartment and planning to play throwing darts on the painting. The art teacher saw the painting and warned her: “It seems you’ve got a Jackson Pollock!”

“Who the f*ck is Jackson Pollock?”, she asked.

So the art teacher explained to her.

She then took the painting to many art experts and when it was finally authenticated, it sold for 50 million USD

 

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